Saturday, 26 October 2013

In London alone, 6,437 people slept rough during 2012-13, a 62% rise in two years.


As the statistics show more young people are becoming homeless in the UK than ever, the government's own figures show the number of people sleeping rough in England has increased by a third since 2010.

In London alone, 6,437 people slept rough during 2012-13, a 62% rise in two years.

Campaigners say there is a risk this trend could continue, given youth unemployment, the economic downturn and the pressures on low income families, combined with changes within welfare reform, reduction of public services and the general squeezing of housing supply and affordability of accommodation.

The official figures do not account for the hidden homeless.

Ministers insist they are taking homelessness seriously and have pledged £400m to councils to tackle the issue.

There is seriously a whole generation that will not understand what it means to call your home in the way that we do -  somewhere of your own, either to have, own or to even to rent.

Last Saturday at a food kitchen in Victoria, London, I had a chat with a young 17 year old, who told me that he was sleeping rough to avoid gangs attacking him in his home area of Brixton in Lambeth; and so he may escape the violence and intimidation of Brixton only to face the brutality of the street life, and if you ask me... well Mr Cameron, Britain is more broken than ever thanks to both you and the last Labour Government.       

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